1951-09-27; Saline Observer
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/6e cdine OvteMWi SIXTY-EIGHTH YEAR NUMBER 52 SALINE, WASHTENAW COUNTY, MICHIGAN THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 1951 FIVE CENTS PER COPY $2.50 PER YEAR IN ADVANCE Member Of Murder Trio Confesses To Saline Robbery • • * FOURTH OF JULY ENDS IN SEPTEMBER Saline Chief of Police Cecil Alberts on and Officer Harry Joseph leave Ann Arbor Municipal Court with prisoners, Douglas Edw ards and Philip Richardson, charged with the robbery of Ed's Grocery on July 4th. The b >ys were arested as a result of events arising out of the nurse slaying in Ann Arbor earlier this month. Saline Police Chief Cecil Albertson, in a statement to the Observer earlier this week, revealed that David Royal of Milan, admitted taking part in the July 4th robbery of Ed's Grocery near the west limits of Saline. Royal and two Ypsilanti youths were arrested last week in connection with the bludgeon slaying of an Ann Arbor nurse. In his • confession to police, Royal stated that about 2:30 in the morning, July 4th, -he and Phil Richardson, Dalejglark and Doug Edwards, all of Milan, broke into the local business place. The break-in climaxed a night of aimless car riding around Milan,. Dundee and western Washtenaw county. According to Royal, the four boys got beer through the back door of a Milan Tavern. With time on their hands and under the influence of alcohol, the boys decided to break into the grocery and gas station from which Royal said he had stolen a few cans of oil several days before. "All of us were feeling pretty good from the heer," Royal said, adding that he was "pretty drunk" at the time. The youths told of parking their car on M-ll and walking back to the store. So their story goes, Clark drove his fist through the door, cuttinghis hand in the act. Entering, they then attempted (Continued on page 8) Supt Jensen Speaks To Civic Group • A crowd of some 200 teachers and members of the Saline Child Study Club gathered in the school auditorium last week to hear a speech by Superintendent Leo Jensen, in regards to the youth of this city. In view of the shocking Ann Arbor murder episode last week, which involved teen-age youths from this vicinity, Mr. Jensen's speech entitled, "A Look Ahead," is especially timely and has added importance. The following is the full text of Mr. Jensen's speech. Madam President, Members of the Chifd Study Club, and Fellow Teachers: Last week and this week throughout our country approximately thirty million young Americans either started or returned to school. From appearances we must have our share, and we wonder, "How does our school compare with those attended by the rest of the thirty million? Are our teaching tech-i niques as practical? Is our guidance as effective? Are our classrooms as well equipped as those enjoyed by others?" It is very likely that our school is lacking in some of the characteristics which form the criteria. This in itself is not cause for too much worry. It would be cause for concern if the school were not making progress toward attaining this goal. (Continued on page 4) Fork In The Road Late one night, over a week ago, the Grim Reaper stalked the streets of Ann Arbor and "found his prey iii the person of a young, unsuspecting nurse. A teen age boy, hammer ih hand, served as the Reaper's agent. Then swinging his scythe around, the Reaper turned on his agent and two companions* in a very real sense, killing them, too. At least for all practical purposes, the three boys who took part in the murder will be dead and buried in the confines of the state penitentiary. Their lives are over, ^s far as the outside world is concerned. Society recoils from the shock of this terrible act, regains its cold, calculating composure and mutters, "Too bad". "Too bad" is no soothing balm for three sets of parents w__d- even now are dying the thousand deaths experienced only by those whose loved ones are condemned to life imprisonment. To say that "something went wrong" along the path of raising these boys is gross understatement, but a fact. WHERE something went wrong is a question that should concern every resident of Saline. In the case of the Ann Arbor murder, fate chose killers from Milan and two from Ypsilanti. Any right thinking person will readily admit that the same finger of fate could have pointed to Saline and selected a potential murderer. That is why the Pauline Campbell slaying should strike home the fact that Saline should be up in arms about the training of its youth every bit as much as Milan or Ypsilanti. Those two towns must go through the well known act of locking the bam after the horse is gone. By taking proper steps, Saline can snap the lock shut BEFORE a crime can be committed. In an article elsewhere in this issue, Saline Chief of Police Cecil Albertson states that idle time, late hours and illegal drinking on the part of the teenagers, was the contributing factor to robbery and •murder. Albertson's capacity to properly analyze a serious problem may save Saline from tragedy IF THE REST OF THE TOWNSPEOPLE ARE EQUALLY INTELLIGENT IN SIZING UP THE SITUATION. There has been enough said about the ruination of children by over-indulgent parents who spare the rod or who just don't spend time in understanding their offspring. What Saline must concern itself with is providing ample recreation for its children, NOT ONLY DURING SCHOOL HOURS, BUT EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS AS WELL. We understand that the idea of a curfew for youths under a certain age was never favored too highly by the townspeople. And a curfew shouldn't be necessary, if parents are on the job supervising their children's activity. HADN'T WE BETTER TAKE A LOOK AROUND AND SEE IF WE ARE PROVIDING OUR YOUTH WITH EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD USEFUL, DECENT LIVES? __et's not be so> naive as to think OUR kids couldn't get into serious trouble. Tliey can if we don't give them half a chance to make good in this1 fast moving modern-society. Fair Sec. Osgood Says Biggest, Best All last minute details were taken care of at the regular Fair Board meeting Monday night. All the committee chairmen reported o,n the progress they had been making. St. Paul's To Dedicate Building The dedication of a recently acquired educajtional unit -will be held in connection "with, the Rally and Promotion Day services which Have been planned for St. Paul's Church. _on Sunday. After the service of worship in the sanctuary in which members of the church school will participate, the congregation will move to the site of the eduational building where the pastor, Alvin Siemsen, Edwin Hering, president of the congregation, and Erwin Schmid, church school superintendent, will lead the assembly in a dedication service. The educational unit was formerly the house owned by Mr. and Mrs. Otto Graf. It was purchased by St. Paul's Church this summer and has since been remodeled for church school use. Two assembly rooms and five classrooms will now supply the regular meeting place for the primary and junior departments of the church school. It is expected that some of the meetings of the organizations of the church and other activities will be held in this building. The recent weeks have been filled with activity for members of the church council and other persons of the congregation as they prepared the building for the event to be observed on Sunday. The success of a recent financial campaign will permit the dedi- ction of the eduational unit without any financial indebtedness. Saline Triumphs Over Lincoln Saline's Hornets smashed their way to a splendid 13-0 victory over Lincoln for its first league win in four years, and first victory in two years. This game was played before a large crowd last Friday at the Saline field. The Hornets, a highly spirited team, came rebounding back after losing a tough close thriller to Carleton in the last minute two weeks ago. The Hornets completely dominated the play rolling up 11 first downs to the opposition's five. The offensive power of Saline was plagued by penalties which saw many gains called back. However, the offense performed admirably rolling to 250 yards gained, and unleashed a surprising passing attack. ... The scores- resulted from a brilliant punt return performed by Vern Drake and Jerry Gonser. Drake caught Lincoln's punt on his own 43 and handed off to Jerry Gonser, who scampered 57 yards before being tackled on the Lincoln 3-yard line. From there, Rich Miller sneaked oyer for the touchdown. Miller's kick for conversion was wide, and Saline lead 6-0 in the first quarter. (Continued on page 4) With the erection of all the tents and booths on Monday, a swing into the final phases of preparation was comparatively easy. Plans this year were well ahead of other years, according to the Fair .Manager, Charles Osgood. The fair this year offers an increase in tent space and the gymnasium which is used to exhibit produce, etc., is well filled. Events are proceeding on schedule and the judges are ready to perform their duties. The Saline Community Fair Board purchased two sets of bleachers for the schol athletic field at a cost of $50Qt00. These will arive later in the season and will be for use by the school. Following is a list of the judges. judges, departments and time of judging: Wednesday Afternoon | Floriculture, Edward Grosshans, Ann Arbor, 1:00 p. m. (Continued on page 8) Brownie Troop Has Outing Saturday, Sept. 22, Lone Troop 2 met at Prout's. Mrs. Siemsen brought us out to the Ross farm. When we got there we worked on our scrap book for the fair. Some of the girls made necklaces and some made tom-toms. Later on we took turns riding 'Trigger" the horse.' It was a bumpy ride. By this time we were very hungry. We rosted hot dogs and ate our lunch. After lunch we went for a walk. We went to a big field and pretended to be wild horses. On Tuesday, the Lone Troop 2 had its regular meeting and collected their exhibits for the fair. By Susan Coates Beginning Band Program To Get Under Way The Saline High School Ban- is having a meeting this Thursday evening, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m., in the high school gym. The band will present a program to parents and their children who "would like to investigate the beginning band program for this school year. There will be a short musical presentation by the band at the beginning of the progrm followed by demonstrations on the various instruments. Carty's Music Box of Ypsilanti will provide an instrument display and a film strip which will show some of the many advantages to be found in a musical training. Music builds character, develops wholesome companionship, creates popularity, promotes discipline, pro- vides-opportnnity, gjid above all, is fun. Everyone who is interested in knowing more about the beginning band program in our school or who would just like to hear the band play is invited to attend. The beginning band is open to children in Whe sixth grade thru the tenth grade-.
|Title||1951-09-27; Saline Observer|
|Publisher||LeBaron & Nissly|
|Description||An issue of the Saline, Michigan newspaper. Published weekly. Began publication in 1880. No longer published.|
|Subject/Keywords||Saline (Mich.) - Newspapers; Washtenaw County (Mich.) - Newspapers;|
|Copyright Permission||This material is in the public domain.|